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Kiir, Machar Wanted by IGAD before Christmas

Much as it is only hours remaining to Christmas, dosage the South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Dr. Riek Machar are wanted by the peace talk mediator, IGAD before the biggest day in Christian calendar unfold.

Multiple sources in Addis Ababa from the regional body IGAD, government and the rebel delegation told us that the duo are wanted to sit face to face on the contentious Transitional security and defence arrangements that were adjourned again without a breakthrough days ago.

“Both sides failed to agree on the security matrix, all delegates seem to be following orders from their leaders. It`s now resolved their leaders appear here before Christmas.” A source from IGAD says.

This website has also learnt that another IGAD Heads of State summit is expected before the end of the year or early next year to convince the two main principles in the conflict to make concessions.

The first meeting between Machar and Kiir since the night of 15th December 2013, when they disagreed sparking the war, was only made possible 9th May by regional leaders Haile Mariam Dessalegn of Ethiopia, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and Djibouti`s exterior minister.

The government wants a single “indivisible” army during the transitional period and is demanding the re-integration of rebel combatants to their loyal forces. A Security Sector Reform plan exclusively obtained by this website entails all government security and defence aspirations during and after the transitional period.

“The Republic of South Sudan shall have a single indivisible National army whose Commander –in- Chief shall be president of the Republic.” Part 1 (f) of the plan says.

Meanwhile the rebel movement also known as SPLA- In Opposition wants to maintain their military structures hence two separate armies that is strongly opposed by the government side. Rebels say accepting reintegration in to government is “surrender in disguise.”


“Anything short of two armies during the interim period is surrender in disguise…rejecting such a proposal is an indication of (not only lack of seriousness) but lack of a concrete understanding of the conflict itself,” Part of a recent statement from SPLA- IO chairman committee on information and publicity, Mabior Garang de Mabior who is also the son of SPLA founding father, Dr. John Garang says.

Peace talks that started late last year when the war had just broken out, has been slowly going on characterized by constant adjournment. It is aimed at peacefully bringing to an end a war that has claimed estimated tens of thousands, displaced 1.8 million internally, 600,000 to the neighbouring countries and 3.8m in need of humanitarian assistance.



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